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A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale

Date(s) - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jewish Museum of Maryland


A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale

Based on recorded conversations Lisa Cooper’s father had with his mother, Pearl, about her early life in Ukraine, A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war.

Many Jewish immigrants to the West refused to talk about the ‘old country’, choosing to forget the unhappy times, not to pass on their memories. Lisa is fortunate that her grandmother was a great storyteller. Her father, who grew up in Canada surrounded by these tales of shtetl life, made recordings of these stories in the 1970s before Pearl passed away. Lisa asked her father to translate the recordings (from Yiddish) before he himself passed away. She then turned those same stories into a book so that we, today, can better understand how our ancestors lived.

Cost: Adult: $10, Senior (65+): $8, Student (13 or older): $6, Child (4-12): $4
Contact: Laura Grant, program assistant,, 443-873-5169

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